Newspaper Research Journal
Welcome to Newspaper Research Journal
Friday, April 28 2017 @ 12:57 PM CDT
  View Printable Version 

Call for Special Issue on Community Journalism

The rapid changes in the newspaper industry have turned more focus in recent years to what appears to be one of the more stable branches of the newspaper business—small-circulation daily and weekly newspapers generally referred to as “community newspapers.” In light of these developments, the Newspaper Research Journal is accepting research articles and conceptual/theoretical essays that will shed light on “The Future of Community Newspapers” for a special issue of NRJ scheduled for the winter 2011 issue.

This call is for articles that provide insights into the modern role of community newspapers, as well as suggestions that would help community newspapers to adapt to the changing marketplace. Both social-scientific and cultural/critical approaches will be considered, as will mixed-methods approaches. Preference will be given to articles that draw upon and advance media theory, although insightful non-theoretical, descriptive studies will be considered.

Submissions will undergo NRJ’s usual peer-review process, and must be original research that is not under review with any other publication (although modified conference papers will be considered). NRJ’s published guidelines regarding length, citation style, and formatting of tabular material will apply.


The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2009. Submissions should be sent as Microsoft Word files to guest editor Bill Reader of Ohio University. E-mail them to reader@ohio.edu.
  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 30, No. 2

The second issue of volume 30 was delivered in May. Here are the headlines from Spring 2009:

  • "Copy Editing Not Great Priority for Online Stories,"
    by John Russial

  • "An Analysis of Slogans Used to 'Sell the News',"
    by Salma Ghanem and Kimberly Selber

  • "Newspaper Managers Report Positive Attitudes about Blogs,"
    by Brad Schultz and Mary Lou Sheffer

  • "How to Report Quantitative Information in News Stories,"
    by Coy Callison, Rhonda Gibson and Dolf Zillmann

  • "Benefits Dominate Coverage of Vision Corrective Surgery,"
    by Seok Kang

  • "Rating Citizen Journalists Versus Pros: Editors' Views,"
    by Seungahn Nah and Deborah Chung

  • "Papers Endorse Republicans in Nearly 60 Percent of Races,"
    by Mark D. Ludwig
  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 30, No. 1

The first issue of volume 30 was delivered in March. Here are the headlines from Winter 2009:

  • "Coverage of Katrina in Local, Regional, National Newspapers,"
    by Roxanne K. Dill and H. Denis Wu

  • "Comparing Types of Sources in Coverage of Katrina, Rita',"
    by Maria Fontenot, Kris Boyle, and Amanda H. Gallagher

  • "Katrina Coverage in Black Newspapers Critical of Government, Mainstream Media,"
    by Mark K. Dolan, John H. Sonnett and Kirk A. Johnson

  • "Community Newspapers Emerged to Serve Needs of Pass Christian Citizens,"
    by Lawrence Strout

  • "Comparing Visual Framing in Newspapers: Hurricane Katrina Versus Tsunami,"
    by Porismita Borah

  • "Sports Reporters Divided Over Concerns about Title IX,"
    by Marie Hardin and Erin Whiteside

  • "How Readers Perceive Journalists' Functions at Online Community Newspapers,"
    by Deborah S. Chung
  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 29, No. 4

The fourth issue of volume 29 was delivered in January. Here are the headlines from Fall 2008:

  • "College Newspaper Staffing Fails to Reach Racial Parity,"
    by Marie Hardin and Ashley Sims

  • "Attitudes Differ for Online Reporting Versus Editorials,"
    by Stephen Siff, Tomas J. Hrach and Stan Alost

  • "Where Young Adults Intend to Get News in Five Years,"
    by Seth C. Lewis

  • "Newspaper Political Blogs Generate Little Interaction,"
    by Larry Dailey, Lori Demo and Mary Spillman

  • "Newspaper Reporters' Perception of City Government Coverage in 1997, 2007,"
    by Stephen Lacy, Charles St. Cyr and Miron Varouhakis

  • "Content in Publicly, Privately Owned Newspapers More Alike Than Different,"
    by Randal A. Beam

  • "Industry Guidance Could Help J-Programs Prepare Print Majors for Convergence,"
    by Jennifer Wood Adams
  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 29, No. 3

The third issue of volume 29 was delivered in August. Here are the headlines from Summer 2008:

  • "How Newspaper Readership Affects Political Participation,"
    by Tien-Tsung Lee and Lu Wei

  • "Foreign News Stories More Likely To Include Unnamed Sources,"
    by Michael Sheehy

  • "Study Examines Stereotypes In Two National Newspapers,"
    by Edward M. Kian

  • "Newspapers Focus on Conflict In Stem Cell Coverage,"
    by Nicole Smith Dahmen

  • "Newspapers Get High Marks On Environmental Report Card,"
    by Daniel Riffe and Daniel Reimold

  • "U.S., Chinese Newspapers Frame Iraq War Differently,"
    by Jin Yang

  • "Narrative Storytelling: Putting the Story Back In Hard News to Engage Young Audiences,"
    by Amy Zerba
  View Printable Version 

NRJ Celebrates 30 Years!

    30th Anniversary Celebration held at 2008 AEJMC Convention

    AEJMC members recently gathered in Chicago for the annual AEJMC Convention. The Newspaper Division was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Newspaper Research Journal. A time line poster, featuring significant Journal events as well as photos of former and current editors, was unveiled at a reception on August 8.

    A copy of the poster is available here for you to view, download and print to keep for yourself.


  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 29, No. 2

The second issue of volume 29 was delivered in June. Here are the headlines from Spring 2008:

  • "Official Sources Dominate Domestic Violence Reporting,"
    by Cathy Ferrand Bullock

  • "How Online Journalists Rank Importance of News Skills,"
    by Shahira Fahmy

  • "Survey Measures Burnout In Newspaper Sports Editors,"
    by Scott Reindary

  • "Suicide Story Frames Contribute to Stigma,"
    by Valica Boudry

  • "Tribune-Review Revives Competition in Pittsburgh,"
    by Linda Steiner and Nora Bird

  • "Comparison of Demographics For Media in 1995, 2006,"
    by Guido H. Stempel III and Thomas Hargrove

  • "Study Asks If Reporters' Gender or Audience Predict for Paper's Cancer Coverage,"
    by Maria E. Len-Rios, Sun-A Park, Glen T. Cameron, Douglas L. Duke and Matt Kreuter
  View Printable Version 

Headlines for Vol. 29, No1

With the new year comes a new volume of NRJ. The first issue of volume 28 was delivered in March. Here are the headlines from winter 2008

  • "Black Newspapers in 1968 Offer Panthers Little Support,"
    by Brian Thornton and William P. Cassidy

  • "Study of City Editors Raises Concern of Job Satisfaction,"
    by Charles St. Cyr

  • "Okinawans' Voices Heard In Rape Crisis Coverage,"
    by Beverly Horvit

  • "Mad Cow Coverage More Positive in Midwest Papers,"
    by Michel M. Haigh, Michael Bruce and Elizabeth Craig

  • "Reporters See Indifference On Genetically Modified Food,"
    by Linda Steiner and Nora Bird

  • "U of Florida Students Prefer Campus Paper to Free Daily,"
    by Steve J. Collins and Cory L. Armstrong

  • "Justices Treat Newspapers Differently in Oral Arguments,"
    by Edward L. Carter and James C. Phillips